The first no-hitter of 2017 belongs to Edinson Volquez. After Major League Baseball went more than a full calendar year without a no-no, the Marlins right-hander dominated the D-backs on Saturday at Marlins Park. With nine innings, no hits, two walks, 10 strikeouts and 98 pitches, Volquez has sealed his
The first no-hitter of 2017 belongs to Edinson Volquez. After Major League Baseball went more than a full calendar year without a no-no, the Marlins right-hander dominated the D-backs on Saturday at Marlins Park. With nine innings, no hits, two walks, 10 strikeouts and 98 pitches, Volquez has sealed his place in the MLB history books.
Here are some of the facts and figures to know from the 33-year-old's amazing effort in Miami.
:: Edinson Volquez's no-hitter ::
• Volquez threw his first no-hitter in 263 career regular-season starts, and in his 13th Major League season. It's MLB's first no-hitter since Jacob Arrieta threw one last April 21.
• This is the sixth no-hitter in Marlins franchise history. The most recent was thrown by Henderson Alvarez against the Tigers on Sept. 29, 2013. Alvarez and Volquez are the only two since they became the Miami Marlins, and the only two thrown at Marlins Park.
• The Marlins' other four no-hitters: Anibal Sanchez -- also against the D-backs -- on Sept. 6, 2006; A.J. Burnett against the Padres on May 12, 2001; Kevin Brown against the Giants on June 10, 1997; and Al Leiter against the Rockies on May 11, 1996.
• The D-backs have now been no-hit three times in their franchise history, and two of those three have come at the hands of the Marlins. Aside from Volquez today and Sanchez in '06, Arizona was no-hit by the Cardinals' Jose Jimenez on June 25, 1999.
• Until Volquez spun his no-no, the Marlins hadn't even had a complete game thrown by one of their starters since 2014. Actually, their last complete game was thrown three years ago to the day, on June 3, 2014 against the Rays -- coincidentally by Alvarez.
• Four of the Marlins' six no-hitters have been thrown at their home stadium -- Leiter's at Joe Robbie Stadium, Sanchez's at Dolphin Stadium, and Alvarez's, and now Volquez's at Marlins Park. Burnett threw his at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, and Brown threw his at San Francisco's 3Com Park.
• Taking only 98 pitches to complete the job, Volquez didn't just throw a no-hitter, he also threw a "Maddux" -- a shutout on fewer than 100 pitches, named after the Braves' master of command. The last no-hitter that was also a Maddux? Also the last Miami no-no: Alvarez in 2013, who finished his no-hitter on 99 pitches. There are 13 Maddux no-hitters on record, with David Cone's 88-pitch perfect game for the Yankees in 1999 the lowest known total, although pitch records aren't complete for all of MLB history.
• Volquez faced the minimum on Saturday: 27 batters. His only two baserunners, issued on walks, were erased on double-play balls. Volquez is the first pitcher to face the minimum in a no-hitter since Felix Hernandez's perfect game on Aug. 15, 2012. The last pitcher to throw a no-hitter, but not a perfect game, and face the minimum was Justin Verlander on May 7, 2011.
• Before Saturday, Volquez's previous closest effort to a no-hitter was a one-hit shutout of the Astros nearly five years ago, on July 19, 2012, when Volquez was a member of the Padres.
• Volquez ended his no-hitter in dominant fashion, striking out the side in the ninth inning. The last pitcher to end a no-hitter by striking out the side was Arrieta against the Dodgers on Aug. 30, 2015.
David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.